Assembly to vote on bill that would eliminate student test scores from teacher evaluation

Earlier in September, Marlene Caride (D-36), the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, introduced bill A-4122, that would eliminate the use of statewide standardized test scores from teacher evaluation. If passed, the bill would remove the Median Student Growth Percentile (mSGP) scores from teacher evaluation for those teachers in tested subjects.  On Monday, Sept. 19, the Assembly Education Committee released that bill from committee.

This bill will have a floor vote in the Assembly on Thursday, September 29.  

NJEA is excited to see that Chairwoman Caride understands the importance of removing ill-intended high stakes from tests that only serve to hurt our children and schools.

With this bill, Assemblywoman Caride has demonstrated a strong understanding of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind. ESSA does not require that student test scores be used to determine teacher effectiveness. Most states have moved away from using test scores as an evaluative tool, and New Jersey should be next.

Using test scores to evaluate a teacher’s impact on student learning has been proven wrong and inaccurate. Despite this, Governor Christie’s administration recently raised the percentage that mSGP scores count towards a teacher’s evaluations from 10 percent to 30 percent.  At a time when the federal government is backing away from test scores, the governor’s action shows he has little regard for the hard work that educators do in our schools.

We need to let the Assembly know how important this bill is to us. Contact your members of the Assembly today and ask them to vote yes on this bill. Let them know how much this bill matters to educators.

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